How to Buy the New iPhone X and Ship it to India

Featuring an all-new 5.8-inch, “Super Retina” screen and elegantly rounded corners, the all-new iPhone X  from Apple is about to bring about a revolution through face recognition, according to the company.

Indians, already going crazy for the full screen design and facial recognition features, are desperately waiting for the launch of Apple’s most expensive OLED-equipped iPhone, which is not expected to be released until 2018 in India. However, an article on The Verge indicated that Apple would create a pre-order page on October 27, 2017, with shipping expected to begin from November 3, 2017.

The article also stated that it is anticipated that in order to match the demand for the iPhone X amongst the discerning population in India, Apple will ship around 40 million units by the end of 2017 and another 90 million in 2018. However, the buzz is that Apple’s supply chain may still not be able to withstand the demand, which is only expected to increase with time.

There are many Indians who are desperate to lay their hands on the latest iPhone X, much before it is launched in India, at any cost. Many of them have even started preparing to fly to the US or have contacted their friends, relatives, business associate or acquaintances to buy the new iPhone X for them and send it as a gift to them in India.

Is Buying iPhone X from the US a Wise Decision?


Apple’s iPhone X is already available in the 64GB variant and the 256 GB variant to qualified customers in America, with a credit check and an eligible US credit card, at a starting price of US$999-US$1,149.

Comparing the price difference of the iPhone X in India and the US, the company will sell the new iPhone X at a price tag higher than that in the US, similar to all other iPhone models, including the iPhone 7 last year. This takes the cost of the 64GB iPhone X to somewhere around $1390.82 (₹89,000) in India, as compared to the $999 in the US (₹63,000 plus). The smartphone is available for $1283.83 in China, $1115.98 in the UAE and for $1085.95 in Canada, according to an article in Business Today.

This takes the cost of the 64GB iPhone X to somewhere around $1390.82 (₹89,000) in India, as compared to the $999 in the US (₹63,000 plus).

Even the 256GB iPhone X price will reach a staggering $1,521 (₹1,02,000) in India. This makes it quite apparent that India will be one of the most expensive places to buy the iPhone X.

So far, it seems like a good decision to buy the iPhone X from the US. But wait, there is another factor that needs to be discussed.

Varied Sales Tax

According to an article published by The Indian Express, the US doesn’t include sales tax, unlike India and Hong Kong, where sales tax is applied on every electronic item. However, in America, state-wide tax is taken into consideration, which can vary from state-to-state. For instance, the state-wide tax in California is higher than that in Texas, and is nearly zero percent in Delaware. So, you might start praying that someone you know lives in Delaware and can help buy the iPhone X for you!

But don’t worry, no matter how much sales tax is applied, depending on the state, you are still likely to save on your purchase of the iPhone X in the US.

How to Ship it from USA to India

If you are planning to fly to the US, nothing would be easier. All you have to do is bring back the smartphone with you to India. However, don’t forget that you will have to pay duty on it.

You can also shop for the iPhone X online in the US, using an Indian credit/debit card, and then get it shipped ship to India. Use a forwarding service like the Parcel Service, which specializes in shipping the newest gadgets even before they are released in a certain country.

Coming to the customs duty and taxes, these need to be paid by the receiver, when the shipment reaches India, according to an article published by The Economic Times, on July 1, 2017. Post GST, effective from July 1, 2017, the Indian government is imposing a basic customs duty (BCD) on imported smartphones of 10%.

To get further information and to know more options, read my article on How To Buy Things From USA & Ship To India.

Will the iPhone X bought from USA work in India?

Yes. Factory unlocked iPhone X bought from the USA will work well in India. Additionally, since Apple has introduced international warranty on iPhones lately, you will have warranty on newly bought phones from US, even in India for a full one year!

Where to buy unlocked iPhone X in US, that will work in India?

You can either buy it from directly or Amazon (here’s the product link). While choosing a carrier you’ll need to select AT&T or T-Mobile. In the check out window you’ll need to confirm that it’s an unlocked from AT&T. Here’s a screenshot for reference. You’ll need to then ship it to India.


So, what are you waiting for? Check out your options for owning Apple’s futuristic smartphone even before it hits the Indian markets!

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Mani Karthik

Hi, Mani Karthik here. Having lived in USA, India & Middle East, and worked for big MNC’s to startups, I have a lot to share with you. My aim is to help people, by sharing everything I’ve learned in life. This blog is read today, by more than 150K people world over! I currently live in LA, California and visit India occasionally. Here’s my full story. Connect with me on FacebookInstagram, Twitter or WhatsApp (+001-408-489-4785). Happy to help! :)


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  • Hi Mani,

    Apple is now giving an option of without any carrier on their site. Would that work the same as an unlocked phone in India?

  • Hi Mani,
    Im planning to get a phone from Canada. I just enquired that some features like Data Calls (voip) might not work in India because of the how the network providers setup is. Is this true? Does all the feature work fine?

  • Hey Mani,

    Are sim-free unlocked iPhone X available for purchase now? I could not find any option for the same in the Apple website. Earlier was told that Best buy was selling unlocked ones,but now it seems that they too have stopped. Can I buy an iPhone X from Verizon for the full amount and just switch the sim for use in India? A friend of mine is coming from the US soon and your reply will help me in saving a few bucks.Thank you!

    • Hi Sanjay,

      You could buy the iPhoneX unlocked directly from Apple but you still need to select a carrier (not SIM free). I suggest AT&T or T-Mobile. You can replace the SIM while in India and it should work well. Do not try to activate the phone while in US, because it might create some issues replacing (Not confirmed yet but just in case). So when you go to select AT&T as carrier but in the check out window you’ll notice the following.

      Unlocked iPhone with AT&T SIM – This iPhone model will work on both AT&T and T-Mobile wireless networks. It will use either 3G or 4G LTE cellular technology for voice and data services. It can also roam internationally on many GSM carriers around the world. This iPhone model does not support CDMA cellular technology for voice and data service, such as those used by Sprint and Verizon.

      Hope that helps it.

    • Hi Anurag, I think I answered you Twitter as well, but just in case you missed it… Yes, your friend who’s coming down can bring it along declaring it as his own for personal use. One is totally fine, unless he’s bringing like a couple of iPhones, which I assume is not the case here.

      Congrats on the iPhone, it’s an amazing piece of tech. 🙂

      All the best!

  • Hi, Mani.
    I’m having my relatives bring the Pixel 2 XL for me, which costs 850$ (Rs. 55K). As per the updated laws, can you provide an estimate of how much custom duty I will be liable to pay for this? My main point of confusion is the BCD. Is the 10% going to be charged extra over the customs or 10% is the only amount charged?
    And is there any way to avoid paying it altogether, since this is infact a gift?

    • Hey Anand,

      If your relatives are bringing it over, then I don’t see an issue of customs. Tell that it’s used and theirs. Just carry it like they bought it for their own use. (Assuming they have the bill of purchase etc). It’s only an issue if it’s more than one piece (that is for business purposes).

  • Nice information Mani Karthik. are you sure about custom duty? it is just 10% of product value. I had previous experience with freight service to ship iPhone from USA to India (My location is Hyderabad) almost i paid around 29% of product value including shipping.
    for your information I ship that package by using

    Thanks in advance

    • That is the big problem with duty. Officers at different places charge at their own wish and will making the prices exorbitant. 🙁